Sunday, December 3, 2023

"Homesteads of Madison County"...

 "Homesteads of Madison County"

I enjoy visiting Madison County and photographing its many stories.
This is a cool home built around 1900.  It's a home where Walter Elmer Starnes (1878-1943) and wife Ethel (1883-1962) lived when they married in 1901.

Huntsville, Arkansas (Madison County)
Photo # IM7_9844-51abw.
(c) Kelly Shipp



Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Natural Light...

 "Natural Light"

This is another from my series of this abandoned school.
Built in the 1930's, an old sofa from a later period is all that remains in this old schoolroom at Carden Bottom school. The corner of the room, near the outside doors, was the first to become victim to the weather and erosion, causing a natural skylight.
Sadly what was left of this abandoned school has burned since my photographs.

Location: Carden Bottom, Arkansas.
Photo # IMG_6332-37hdr2bws.
(c) Kelly Shipp

Thursday, November 23, 2023

"Celebrating Life"...


"Celebrating Life"

Trees are fascinating. This tree always captures my attention on my hikes. You can see it has certainly had it's challenges over it's life, yet is still celebrating life. It looks like it is twisting and reaching out at the same time. I waited for the sun to be at good place. Hope you enjoy.

Conway, Arkansas.
Photo # IM6_9482bw2.

Sunday, November 19, 2023

Two of a Kind...

"Two of a Kind"

Not unlike humans, trees have a unique life, each with challenges and seasons of their own. It is interesting, that trees that grow up together can yet still be so different and yet so alike. Nature has such an entertaining yet reliable symmetry.

Photo # IM6_9757-64lmbw2

Tuesday, October 31, 2023

"Nature's Skylight"...

If you visit a place often enough, you have opportunities to photograph special moments. This was one of those moments of patience as a storm began to clear near sunset.  The light was changing dramatically fast, so I had to think how I wanted to frame the clouds and sunlight while thinking about the exposures. These are the moments I really enjoy nature photography.

Near Petit Jean State Park, Arkansas, 2008.
Photo # 8302_KS20064-76bw.


Saturday, October 21, 2023

"Artistic Movement"...

 "Artistic Movement"

This is a photograph from 2012 that I haven't yet shared. This was an intentional, artistic photograph of these ducks as they flew across the lake.
Something keeps drawing me back to this photograph, possibly how the imperfection of balance between the ducks in flight, arguably not as uniform as geese.

Lake Beaverfork, Conway, Arkansas.
Photo # IMG_0981bwc.
(c) Kelly Shipp


Saturday, October 14, 2023

"Cascade Levels"...

As with most of nature, beauty is often in the details. With one look at this photograph, one may only see a waterfall. But if you study it closely, you'll easily see many waterfalls. One could easily carve sections of this scene into their own photographs, which is a perspective I usually entertain, but I wanted to share how nature can often provide us more than we can begin to appreciate. Slow down. Enjoy and appreciate what nature is giving us before it is gone.

Petit Jean State Park, Arkansas.
Photo # K03_2917bw.
(c) Kelly Shipp